Originally posted by qnnhan7:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Have been talking about Alex on 95.7 for a while now. Now they are talking about seeing QB's around the league throwing receivers open...basically, throwing it to covered receivers but placing the ball properly. Difficult to evaluate our receivers because they are not getting this opportunity. Basically, Alex is not making these throws and it is helping us but at the same time, it is hurting us.
Originally posted by Joecool:
Now they are saying Mario Manningham caught a TD in all of their playoff games, especially mentioning the amazing catch in the Superbowl. He said what did Eli do, he threw it to him and gave him a chance. This was after a text from a fan saying if he's watched the other QB's and that they don't produce much better. Then the talk show guy said it's more about the big throws that are made and giving their guys chances.
We are not a team that takes risk and low percentage throws downfield unless it's there to take and Smith is sure that he can beat the safety uncontested. A couple I remember was early in the Seattle game with mixed results to Williams, none connected. Glad we didn't try to do that for the rest of the game but actually ran the ball. In the Cards game we had enough success throwing the underneath, even though there were looks downfield by Smith that was covered. We are a safe passing team. Some of us just have to deal with that. I don't want us to be safe all the time either but that's what most coaches want. And I'm pretty sure that's what Smith is executing out of the passing offense. So far...
Speaking of the ARIZONA game. I think it was with 6:55 left in the 1st, the 49ers ran a play that we have been wanting called on the zone ever since we acquired Moss. It got one player wide open deep and Smith was staring right at the FS or one of the two deep routes.
He checked down.
The play had Moss at Flanker (weak side WR). Vernon was Strong Side TE.
Defensive Presnap Look: Single Safety cheating over showing over the top coverage doubling Moss).
On Alex's drop, Moss heads straight up field and FS immediately moves to help leaving the middle of the field to the right sideline blank. Vernon pushes the Defensive End and runs upfield right into the blank area and veers top a 7 route. He was being single covered by a player who was initially only about 5 yards off of him. He quickly got a step on that player and had nothing but open field to the deep right (WIIIIDE OOOOPEN)!!!
Now Smith hops a couple of times after he hits the top of his drop and is still staring in the direction of the FS that's over Moss. Then he quickly checks it to Gore on a swing pass.
This was a blatant mis-read by Smith. He should have read single safety and Vernon being open on the 7. Since the FS immediately moved to Moss, that should have been automatic progression check to see if Vernon was released, which he was. Smith had great protection. He could have even pump-faked to Moss and quickly threw it up to Vernon. Would have been a possible TD.
If the FS had stayed to still be in reach for the right sideline, he can still pump fake to Vernon and launch one deep to Moss who would be one-on-one.
This is not SAFE play. This is a play that was an easy completion but what was lost was an equally easy big play.
[ Edited by Joecool on Nov 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM ]